Review Date 7/3/2012
“Hey! That’s a neat looking bottle!” That’s what I thought when I walked into my local Total Wine and bought a bottle of Diamond Knot Whip Ale, anyway. The elegant gold logo stood out nicely against the glossy black label and attractive brown glass, and the whole affair served the intent of getting my attention. As an old friend might have said, “Now that’s marketing!”
Anyway, I got the beer home and popped it open sometime later. Curious to learn more about it, I went to the website printed on the label (www.whipnation.net). That proved to be quite the surprise; I had no idea that the beer had anything to do with a rock band. It does though, Michael “Whip” Wilton of Queensryche to be precise. In fact, there’s an entire line of “Whip” merchandise available on the aforementioned web page if you are so inclined.
You can buy this beer on tap at the brewpub in Mukilteo; here’s the description from the Diamond Knot web page:
Our collaborative effort with Michael Wilton of Queensryche! An American Pale Ale with Chinook, Simcoe & Cascade Hops. Pale, Crystal & Vienna Malts balance the bright, citrusy hop character. 6.0% ABV; 30 IBUs
Most people, though, will enjoy it in the bottle. Mine was reasonable (as most Diamond Knot beers are) at $4.99 for the bomber. If you can’t find it near you and are a dedicated Queensryche fan, you should know that you can order it online (if you’re 21 or order) at Beerjobber.co.
Diamond Knot Whip Ale pours to a golden orange color with a massive rocky head formation and a big resiny-floral hop nose. A little chewy caramel appears up front and again in the finish. This satisfies the malt contingent, and is followed by a bit of butterscotch, and notes of fresh baked bread, toasted malt, and pineapple fruit. Finally the hops show up: very citrusy and a tad resiny, they linger with a peppery, herbal aroma and bitterness.
I like this beer. It’s a nice 6% ABV pale ale with lots of malt and hops going on. Big on flavor for sure, but that should be no surprise coming from this brewery. Very enjoyable indeed. No Queensryche Fan Club membership card required.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.